Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a Pixar-esque game made by Ember Lab. It was announced during the PS5 reveal event, which I wrote an article on!
If Ember Lab, or the gorgeous animation style, rings a bell, there’s a good reason for that.
Ember Lab aren’t known for making games. Formed in 2009, they began as an “animation and digital content studio”. They’ve done a ton of great stuff that you can see on their website, but what they’re possibly most famous for is their fantastic Majora’s Mask fan film.
It’s hugely popular amongst fans of the game, and is sitting on 9 million views right now.
You can see some of the animation skill on show in the Kena: Bridge of Spirits trailer. The trailer that I’ve linked below:
Here’s the official early synopsis:
Kena, a young Spirit Guide, travels to an abandoned village in search of the sacred mountain shrine. She struggles to uncover the secrets of this forgotten community hidden in an overgrown forest where wandering spirits are trapped.
Speaking of spirits. Here they are:
I would burn everything for them. There I’ve said it.
What is fantastic though is how varied the gameplay appears at this stage! The trailer shows everything from dodge and parry heavy melee combat, puzzle solving with your little fluffball minions, some magic, and also a “clear the darkness and bring life back” vibe that I got from Spirit of the North, that I reviewed, if you’re interested.
Of course the animation and visuals in general are also fantastic, looking like they could be happily ripped from Pixar, but actually playable.
I’m very excited for Kena: Bridge of Spirits, for the pure reason that it looks unique, and an easy going version of all the games and genres that I enjoy!
Kena is apparently a “timed PS5 console exclusive”, which is an offensively ambiguous description. What this means is that on launch you’ll be able to get it on PS5 and PC. At a later date (whatever the timed deal equates to), Kena: Bridge of Spirits will make it to other platforms.
What platform will you be playing Kena: Bridge of Spirits on? Let us know!
I’ve been playing video games in some form or another for nearly two decades. My favourite campaign of all time is Halo: Combat Evolved and my favourite multiplayer of all time is Overwatch, with a dash of Halo 3. Huge lover of everything gaming, no matter the platform or source, and I enjoy a story driven campaign like nothing else!